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National Clean Your Desk Day

It's National Clean Your Desk Day! Get organized and tidy up your workspace - you'll feel more productive and motivated with a clutter-free desk.
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It's time to tidy up and get organized with National Clean Your Desk Day on the Second Monday in January! This day was created to encourage people to take a few moments out of their busy lives and clean up their workspace for improved efficiency, productivity, and a better working atmosphere. Whether you're at home or at the office, if your desk is cluttered and disorganized it can make it difficult to focus on tasks. So why not use this day as an opportunity to declutter and organize your desk for a fresh start?

History of National Clean Your Desk Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origination of the Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Clean Your Desk Day was first observed, aiming to encourage office professionals to cleanse their workspace for improved efficiency.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growth of Home Offices</div><div class='timeline-text'>As working from home becomes more common in the 90s, the desk cleaning practice gains more relevance in residential settings.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Studies on Clean Desks</div><div class='timeline-text'>Research studies begin surfacing, showing a link between clean workspaces and increased productivity and mental well-being.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Popularity of Minimalism</div><div class='timeline-text'>The concept of minimalism becomes popular, further promoting the decluttering culture including desk cleaning.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pandemic's Impact</div><div class='timeline-text'>With more people working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Clean Your Desk Day gains more significance.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Clean Your Desk Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize your desk</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Start by organizing your desk space into sections, such as one for work related items, one for personal items, and one for miscellaneous.  Then, within each section, sort items into piles based on what you use most and least.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Clean off your desktop</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take all the items off your desktop and sort through them. Keep the essentials, like a pen holder, paperclip holder, etc., and discard or recycle anything else you don’t need.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Dust and wipe down surfaces</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use a microfiber cloth to dust off the entire surface of your desk to get rid of all that pesky dust. Then wipe it down with a damp cloth to make sure everything is sparkling clean.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Tidy up drawers and cabinets</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Open up each drawer or cabinet and sort through the items inside. Discard any items you don’t need, organize any loose papers, and use drawer organizers to keep everything in its place.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Add office plants</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Adding a few office plants can help brighten up your workspace while also improving air quality. Just make sure you pick plants that are easy to care for and require minimal maintenance.</p></div></div>

Why National Clean Your Desk Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Organization is important</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Having an organized workspace makes for a more productive day. You're able to easily find the items you need and save time from searching through piles of clutter. A clean desk also helps reduce stress and allows you to focus on tasks without feeling overwhelmed by your surroundings.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages motivation</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Coming back to a neat, organized space each day gives you something positive to look forward to. It can help build momentum when it comes to starting work and encourages you to stay focused until the end of the day. Plus, a tidy desk instills a sense of pride in achievement which can be a great motivation tool!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Staying healthy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>A cluttered desk isn't just unsightly - it can cause headaches, fatigue and other health issues from all the dust and germs collected in its crevices. Taking the initiative to clear out your workspace means less stress for you and fewer chances of catching viruses or other illnesses.</p></div></div>

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National Clean Your Desk Day Dates

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Jan 9

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Jan 13

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2026

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2027

Jan 11

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